UNION COUNTY — What began as a report of a stabbing victim in Chester County lead to an investigation by the Union County Sheriff’s Office that resulted in a Pacolet man being arrested and charged with attempted murder.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said that at approximately 10:50 p.m. Sunday, deputies with his office were notified by Chester County Sheriff’s Office personnel that a stabbing victim had been located in Chester County. The Chester County Sheriff’s Office personnel stated that they believed the incident involving the stabbing victim had occurred in Union County.
Taylor said investigators from his office were dispatched to assist in the investigation. He said they went to interview the stabbing victim who had been transported to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. Investigators were able to speak briefly with the victim who Taylor said identified William Todd Byars, 42, 194 Country Side Drive, Pacolet, as the person who’d stabbed him.
Investigators and uniformed deputies went to Byars’ residence in an to attempt to speak with him and get his statement on the events that had led up to the stabbing. Taylor said that after numerous attempts, Byars finally came to the door but didn’t want to open it to allow officers to speak with him without a warrant. He said Lt. Al Black then advised Byars that he would return with a warrant.
Deputies stayed on scene to ensure Byars did not flee while a warrant was being obtained for his arrest and a search warrant obtained for his property. While deputies were on scene, Taylor said they noticed several strange actions carried out by Byars, including covering the front glass door with some type of stain, drinking beer and singing as if deputies were not there; reports of loud thumps inside the residence as if he were in an attempt to barricade himself inside the home; and seemed to be stretching and preparing himself for a physical altercation. At that point, Taylor said deputies contacted the Special Response Team to respond to the location.
Taylor said Byars was then spotted walking out on the front porch of the residence, lifted the lid of a BBQ grill and began to light something on fire. Fearing Byars was attempting to burn potential evidence, and after being advised that the arrest warrant was in hand, Taylor said deputies approached Byars and informed him that he was under arrest. He said that Byars attempted to flee deputies and made an attempt to re-enter the residence but was taken into custody.
A search warrant was executed on the residence and evidence was collected. Taylor said that evidence collected at the scene as well as information given by the victim indicates that the stabbing occurred at 194 Country Side Drive. He said that Byars was transported to the Union County Jail where he was booked and charged with attempted murder. Byars was still in jail Monday afternoon awaiting a bond hearing.
Taylor said the investigation is pending and it is unknown what may have lead to the stabbing. He said the victim is still a patient at Piedmont Medical Center where he still being treated for his injuries.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.